Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Tis Autumn

Sunny 'alfresco' lunchtime in October !!!!!!
Photo: John Pond

All at once it is Autumn and the days are shorter, it's getting cooler and our 'busy' days are done for this year, which has been a good one on many fronts, the weather, the Birthday Parties, the Open Days (not one cancelled this year!), the visiting locos (and their crews!), the friendly people we have met, and the fun we have had !.......and of course we have some things planned which we hope come to light in the not too distant future which will enhance the ALR and make it more enjoyable for everyone !

As part of the ongoing tasks scheduled 'we' have done a bit of tree felling! There has been a very old, knarled, Robinia (False Acacia) tree adjacent to the workshop with roots that are beginning to be a problem, to say nothing of the leaves and twigs it deposits on the roof which needs a regular clean to prevent the drains from getting blocked, so a 'tree surgeon' was called in and the tree is no more! Jane tells us that these have been there as long as she can remember (just a year or two then Jane!), and there is still one left, between the house and the Holiday Cottages.

Robinia felled - plenty of logs there Jane ?
Photo: David Jones

Maintenance work is taking place on the coaching stock, being made much easier now that we have the pit.

David & John get to grips with coach maintenance
Photo: John Pond

It seems that the Signalling Boys are coming up with plans for a new lever panel and diagram in the signal box which we are sure will be impressive!

...and there is a possibility of a 'new' loco at the ALR as one of our members had the opportunity to acquire a mobility scooter recently, which now resides in his workshop at home, but in bits. From the pile of bits, a chassis is evolving and we are told, plans are in place for a 'different' loco body (and colour scheme) to be constructed in due course. No more details can be extracted at this time, so it's wait and see!!!!!!

....and, we have this Saturday, what should be the last 2011 Birthday Party for one of our member's Grandsons, so a nice day will be welcome. Hotspur is undergoing its annual check and hydraulic test this Wednesday, so if all goes well it should be steamed up for the Party.

Plans are in hand for our annual Firework Night Party for members and friends on November 5th (when else?), and our Social Secretary tells us that he is currently organising our Christmas meal at a local Hostelry (yes, it's creeping up to that time of year again!). In between the two we have our Annual General Meeting on November 12th which will set the scene for next year, so plenty going on in one form or another!